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On Saturday, May 28, at about 1 a.m., Beaumont police officers were called out to a reported aggravated robbery at the intersection of 10th and North streets. The victim, a 30-year-old man, said he was walking home from work and at the intersection a brown 90's model Delta 88 drove up beside him. Four black men jumped out of the vehicle and demanded his money. They then began to punch him as he tried to fight back. One suspect hit him with a handgun and the suspects then took his wallet and cash.

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God, family members and voters were all the big winners and thanked tremendously Tuesday morning when the Port Arthur City Council welcomed two new members to its chambers while welcoming back two incumbents.

In one of the larger City Council races in recent memory, 24 candidates competed for the six open City Council positions, and the four winners were honored with the swearing in by Port Arthur Mayor Deloris “Bobbie” Prince in a ceremony held at the Council Chambers in City Hall and was followed up with a reception.

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It was a regular Thursday for Julie Gauthier and her family on May 19. Work, school and a dance recital for 4-year-old Claire in the evening were part of the day’s festivities.

But Thursday also had something special in store for bot h the citizens of Port Neches and the Gauthier family as the 34-year-old Port Neches native was only the second woman in the 102-year history of the city to be sworn in to the city council. Former mayor and city council member Frances Monk was the first woman to join the council according to Jamie Louviere, Port Neches City Secretary.

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The Pinehurst City Council met Tuesday, May 24, to adopt an ordinance that essentially banned the possession, sale or ingestion of certain substances – in particular, substances that are marked as K2, “bath salts,” drinks that contain synthesized versions of cocaine and marijuana, and the like.

According to Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer, these substances have been a bane in the harmony of the city, and the nuisance is only escalating.

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Dead man walking.

That’s how doctors in Houston described Ronnie Patteson after he somehow survived a savage beating on a Friday night in Port Arthur in February, and then managed to cobble together an improbable series of events that led to a Houston hospital room where the 52-year-old Port Acres man was taken off life support and pronounced dead a mere 96 hours later on Valentine’s Day.

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A contract entered into by the Beaumont Independent School District with HRE Inc. of Houston has been essentially voided by U.S. Judge Ron Clark, who entered a permanent injunction enjoining the district from doing any further construction work on the West Brook High School field house.

The order came after Judge Clark found BISD did not follow its own guidelines and competitive bidding laws by skipping over the No. 1 company assessed by its review committee to hire HRE, the No. 4 company.

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In May 2010, Keller Williams Realty hosted its first local RED Day of service event at Buckner Children and Family Services, where the agency succeeded in the complete renovation of the receiving facility at the shelter in one day.

For this year’s event, the group returned to Buckner to finish what they had started, only this time they brought friends — and more than doubled their workload.

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Beaumont police officers are searching for the driver of car that struck and killed a man in a hit-and-run auto-pedestrian accident early Tuesday morning, May 24.

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A 28-year-old Orange pleaded guilty to child pornography violations in federal court May 20.  

Riley Rich Gibson, III, also known as Trae Gibson, pleaded guilty to production of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Ron Clark after the judge ruled he was competent to stand trial.

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The Beaumont Police Department announced they have taken 19-year-old Jonathan Benitez into custody regarding the death of 16-year-old Central High School student Mandy Le. Benitez, the driver of the vehicle Le was a passenger in, was charged with manslaughter and was given a $150,000 bond. Benitez was already out on bond relating to an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Examiner previously reported:

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